Milford, CT, known as “a small town with a big heart”, is located at the southern end of New Haven County. Milford offers a small town vibe with plenty of New England appeal. From Hotchkiss Bridge for the best waterfall views, to the Sundae House for an upside down banana, Milford has so much to offer. A community designed for families, this town is quick to show its big heart. Here is our list of the 25 best things to do with kids in Milford!
For even more family fun in New Haven County and throughout Connecticut, check out our 100 things to do in Connecticut before the kids grow up.
25 Things to Do With Kids in Milford, CT
Nestled in the Walnut Beach business community, Scoot & Paddle rents kayaks, paddle boards, bicycles and motor scooters for full or half days. Children’s bicycles and bicycle trailers are available for rent.
Located at the edge of town, this coastal paradise is home to all types of wildlife indoors and out. Learn about the snakes, turtles, and fish located inside the Audubon. Be sure to climb the spiral staircase to the tower for spectacular views of the marsh and Long Island Sound. The Coastal Center offers a monthly “Sea Squirts” program for preschoolers.
Treat yourself to some of Milford’s best at Walnut Beach Creamery. Photo courtesy of Walnut Beach Creamery
Crafting every small batch of their gourmet ice cream by hand, Walnut Beach Creamery offers everything from cinnamon toast to chocolate chili to peanut butter ice cream (April through October).
With over 10,000 square feet of trampolines, you can get serious at Launch. With dodgeball, a ninja course, rock wall and more, Launch is a top destination in Milford for kids (and adults) of all ages.
Built in 2011, this three-quarter mile boardwalk connects the nearby seaside communities of Walnut Beach and Silver Sands. One of the longest continuous walks in the state, this walk hugs the edge of vibrant bird habitat and the Long Island Sound. We must mention that there are no dogs and no bicycles allowed on the promenade.
Bodie’s Place is the perfect stop for outdoor fun in Milford! Photo courtesy of Bodie’s Place
6. At Bodie’s
Undoubtedly the city’s most visited playground, Bodie’s Place, located inside Eisenhower Park, offers hours of entertainment any time of the year. The playground has been specially designed to accommodate children of all abilities with sensory activities by including oversized structures and plenty of open space.
7. colony grill
Home of the original “hot oil pizza,” the Colony Grill serves thin-crust 12-inch pies in Milford’s former Harrison’s Hardware store. Kids will love seeing pictures lining the walls of local police and fire department heroes.
Milford is home to Connecticut’s largest indoor inflatable adventure zone. Bounce Town USA features inflatable obstacle courses, slides, rock climbs, and other surprises you’ll have to “bounce” to see.
9. Greek coffee
This delightfully casual, family-run Greek cafe offers some of the best takeaways in town. This is one of the only restaurants located within walking distance of the beach (it’s literally across the street), making it easy and quick to have lunch while spending a day at Silver Sands State Park. We highly recommend the chicken souvlaki and the spanakopita.
ten. Anchor Beach at Woodmont Beach Walk
Take this boardwalk, just under three-quarters of a mile, to the public Beach Ave parking lot and walk along Anchor Beach towards Flag Rock and follow the boardwalk along the water until you connect to Woodmont Beach. This is a walk suitable for strollers, scooters and bikes, and approved for toddlers. This is probably our family’s favorite.
Fishing photo at Mondo Pond courtesy of Milford CT Town Hall
11. Mondo Ponds
Mondo Ponds Nature Reserve includes five ponds and wetlands with walking trails on 36 acres of property on the west side of town. Be sure to bring your binoculars (and fishing rod) as Mondo Pond is home to some of the best birding spots in town. The main loop of the trail is a perfect under 1 hour loop for kids.
For fifty years the Milford Arts Council, easily mistaken for a railway station, has brought spectacular arts programming to the town of Milford. Catch a production, learn to dance or come see some of the children’s productions during the summer months.
Catch a movie on the big screen at the cinema located inside the Connecticut Post Mall.
Speaking of the Connecticut Post Mall, this mall in Milford has plenty to offer whatever the weather. There are several places for video games, kiddie rides and lots of ice cream and pizza!
Do you have a horse lover at home? Spring Meadow Farm offers beginner riding lessons for children ages 4 and up. They also offer therapeutic horseback riding for children ages 6-12.
16. Eisenhower Park
Arguably the best park in Milford, Eisenhower offers three miles of trails on fairly flat terrain. You can go on an adventure for 20 minutes or pack a picnic and make a day of it. There’s a great bug-themed mailbox trail that’s perfect for kids. And when you’re done, head to Bodie’s Place.
The Northford Ice Pavilion offers a wonderful introduction to hockey and figure skating and provides a unique location to host a birthday party. Check the website for public skating hours.
18. Strawberry picking at Glendale Farms
With so many pick-your-own giants in nearby towns, many have never heard of Glendale Farms. Known primarily for its annuals and vegetable business, Glendale also offers PYO strawberries starting in early June.
Do you need speed? Take your kids to see The Milford Riders Club. Mondays and Thursdays are peewee nights reserved for beginner riders and young children. There is no charge for spectators on Mondays. Check their calendar for current events.
Located right in the heart of the town centre, the Milford Library offers a wonderful children’s department and continuous Monday-Thursday programming for children. From Spanish-English story time at Lego Club to monthly cooking demonstrations, the library offers something for kids of all ages.
Milford Scoopy Doos ice cream is delicious, with a marshmallow in the bottom of each cone!
Serving Milford’s Buck’s French Ice Cream, Scoopy Doos has been bringing over eighty flavors of ice cream downtown for nearly 20 years. In the summer, you’re sure to see a mile-long line, but we assure you it’s worth the wait.
22. Gulf Beach
With picnic areas and plenty of sand, Gulf Beach is worth a full day or a quick visit for the views of Charles Island.
Hungry during your day at the beach? Goodies serves classic beachside burgers, hot dogs and fries right in Gulf Beach.
24. Wilcox Park
Wilcox Park offers 12 acres of wooded trails on a bluff overlooking the harbor. Look for birds along a moderate half-mile hike and watch boats from the park’s scenic lookout point.
Along with bowling and arcade games, Bowlero is a must-visit destination and one of our favorite things to do with the kids in Milford!
Cover photo courtesy of Walnut Beach Creamery